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Lockerbie bomber fights sentence

The man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing has launched an appeal against the period he must serve in jail. Abdelbaset ali Mohmed al-Megrahi has begun a challenge against the 27-year punishment period of his jail term. Lawyers for the Libyan, who was found guilty of killing 270 people in the 1988 bombing, will appear for an initial hearing in court on Friday. The Crown Office has launched an appeal against the punishment period, arguing that it is “unduly lenient”. The Crown’s appeal is due to be heard on 28 June. The Crown Office said Megrahi was fighting the punishment period on the grounds that it breached his human rights. Under human rights the sentencing judge must specify a punishment period, after which parole can be considered. Full Story

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